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good morning, america. new overnight. more than 100,000 without power 1 week after hurricane isaac swamped the gulf coast. the president in the storm zone last night, promising help. now, a big new storm brewing in the atlantic, poised to affect the entire east coast, from florida to maine. obama's turn. the president about to make his case on the biggest stage of the campaign. all-in for four more years. the first lady front and center tonight. and we're going to hear from the republican candidate for vice president, as both sides speak out this morning. and new this morning, bombshell claims about tom cruise. the stunning allegations by "vanity fair" about his search for a wife before he was married
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to katie holmes. was scientology really auditioning actresses iffer the role of a lifetime? and harry is back. the prince steps out in his first public appearance since the photos were leaked of his hard partying weekend in las vegas. >> i've never been one to be shy in coming forward. i'll give it a go. sam just got here. that was a nice response to have you right there. good morning, america. robin with your family in mississippi. great to have elizabeth vargas. >> i'll give it a go. >> you will give it a go. lots to get to this morning. all of you heading into rush hour, you know this already. the gas prices, the highest this time of year. we'll get into that in a bit. and blazing wildfire in the
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west. three hikers behind the fire lines. so many people have been evacuated. wheel have more on why this particular fire has been tough to fight. it's been tough for the west coast of the united states. also this morning, brand-new details on the shocking case about the u.s. open tennis umpire, charged with murdering her husband. her daughter speaking out this morning. why she says the allegations are, and i quote, insane. >> all that coming up. but we do begin on the gulf coast. so many areas still under water, almost a week after hurricane isaac tore through the region. president obama broke off the campaign trail to visit one of the hardest-hit areas of louisiana. and ryan owens brings us the latest this morning. good morning, ryan. >> reporter: good morning, george. as you well know, the presidential visit in the face of a natural disaster, that's become part of a tradition. the president was here to shake some hands and offer some more federal assistance. the commander in chief as consoler in chief. >> how are you all doing? >> better now. >> i know it's a mess. but just wanted to come by and
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let you know, we know about you guys. >> reporter: president obama met with victims of hurricane isaac late monday. on their street littered with debris in hard-hit laplace, louisiana, west of new orleans. >> they were in their homes, trapped. the waters came in so quickly. >> reporter: the president was only on the ground here a few hours. but he also met with emergency officials to thank them for saving so many lives. his visit follows one by republican challenger mitt romney, just three days ago. isaac hit a week ago tonight. 100,000 people across the south are still without power. and some are just now seeing the damage the hurricane did. monday, thousands lined up to return to plaquemines parish for the first time. many found there wasn't much to come home to. >> we'll come back and try to straighten things up. >> reporter: this morning, those who live along the pearl river in st. taminie parish, will breathe a little easier.
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it looks like the river they love won't flood a second time. but the question remains, when can they go home? >> it's hard. we don't know where we're going to live. >> reporter: it is back-to-school day here for most kids in the new orleans area. although some who live in outlying areas where the president visited, their classes will be delayed another week because their schools still do not have power. elizabeth? >> all right, ryan. thanks so much. now, to the new tropical storm that is strengthening in the atlantic right now. she has a name. it's leslie. and she's on track to affect the entire east coast. sam is here with the latest. >> good morning, everyone. wee have a tropical storm that is doing everything it can to strengthen and strengthen rly quickly. we think it will be a category 2 as it cruises by the east coast. the hurricane center says not
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likely to make landfall. but will cause flooding, and storm surge. maybe even beach erosion. take a look at the latest forecast models now. and you know, when we watched in with isaac, every one would be different. and you looked for the trend. what's the trend and the last runs? the trend is west. look at that left line here. look at the red line that takes it towards maine. you'll remember we have had storms that creeped through that area of maine and maybe have taken some lives in that area. we want to watch it closely to see how close it will get to the eastern seaboard or how close it will get there. we have a little bit of time left. >> thank you so much. josh is here with the news headlines this morning. hey, josh. >> good to see you. hello to you. good morning, everyone. we're going to get to the developing story northeast of los angeles. the red cross setting up an evacuation center as the massive wildfire marches out of control. 4,000 acres have been burned.
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and david wright is on the front lines to show us just how dangerous this fire is becoming. good morning to you, david. >> reporter: good morning, josh. we're at a staging area for some of the 500 firefighters that are battling this blaze. that glow you see over my shoulder, that's not the sunrise. that's the fire over the ridge. labor day weekend up in smoke in the san gabriel valley. campers, hikers and labor day picnickers all had to evacuate. >> we saw the smoke next to us. and we started packing. >> reporter: 12,000 visitors normally come here for the holiday weekend. three hikers were stranded behind the fire lines. a rescue helicopter found them and hoisted all three to safety in two hours. the steep terrain makes the fire spread quickly. about 4,000 acres consumed so far. and it's tough to fight. >> the game plan is to at least
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get this lower area secure on this road. and then, start working on our planes with the aerial drops. >> reporter: aerial bombardments of fire retardant seems to be helping. so have the winds, which has dropped since monday. the wind here can be unpredictable. and the brush is as dry as kindling. the area we're standing is one of the few inhabited parts of the park. about 50 r.v.s are here. all of these people told to evacuate. most of them didn't. but they may have second thoughts when they -- if those flames get much closer, josh. >> david, thank you for that. this morning, we're going back to work and school and paying some of the highest gas prices on record to get there. prices have jumped some 31 cents in the last month. in the last two weeks, prices have risen 11 cents, largely because of hurricane isaac. the national average sits at $3.82 per gallon. and prices are expected to drop
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gradually beginning this week. the obama administration reportedly close to a bailout with egypt. they are allowing to forgive egypt debt if the new president stays aligned with american interests. actor michael clarke duncan is being remembered for his spirit. he earned an oscar nomination opposite tom hanks for "the green mile." after his death, tanks called duncan a treasure. duncan suffered a heart attk in july and never recovered. michael clarke duncan was just 54 years old. anything but a blockbuster for hollywood this summer. it was the worst season at the box office since 1993. one reason, people watched the olympics instead of going to the movies. and finally, look at this. a dangerous combination on the streets of russia. the guy behind the controls of the bulldozer you see there
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sideswiping car after car, apparently had a few too many. and you can see the results. >> what on earth? >> however glacial, that is serious damage being done. they tried to get him down. they had to forcibly remove him from his tractor. >> that's one way to pull somebody over for driving into the vehicles. >> well, you know, the seventh car, they decided it was just too much. >> or tractoring. >> he wanted back in. he wanted back in. that was it. >> no fight left in him. >> no. >> thank you, josh. we're going to turn to the race for the white house now. a crucial week in "your voice, your vote." the president's party will take the stage at the democratic national convention in charlotte. and the big question, are americans better off now than four years ago? the vice president gave his answer at a labor day rally in detroit. >> you want to know whether we're better off? i got a little bumper sticker for you. osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive.
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>> and for the rebuttal, we're joined live by the republican v.p. nominee, paul ryan. let's preview that debate with vice president biden. when he says osama bin laden is dead, general motors is alive, you say? >> well, general motors isn't alive in my hometown. the president came to janesville before the plant shut down and said he would lead an effort to retool the plant. after the plant was shut down, he said he would retool the plant to get people back to work. they're still not back to work. i would ask the 23 million people who are struggling to find work in america today, if we're better off than we were four years ago. i'd look at the facts that we've had unemployment above 8% for 42 months, despite the president's claims that the stimulus would provide the contrary. we're not better off than we were four years ago. look at the statistics. that's why we're going to be offering big solutions in a big year to get people back to work. to get higher take-home pay. to create more jobs. we're going to be offering economic growth and opportunity,
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in stark contrast to where we are right now. >> and the democrats are taking aim at those solutions. they argue that the romney/ryan tax plan and spending and budget plan is going to crush the middle-class, including a $200,000 tax increase on the middle-class. >> not true. what we're saying is we're going to reduce people's tax rates by 20%. and we'll do it by closing loopholes. we believe there's a bipartisan consensus to be had through this kind of tax reform. agree with us that we should be lowering tax cuts and broadening the base by lowering loopholes so people get to keep more of their money. >> as you know, congressman, the -- others have looked at your plan to close loopholes. they say you can't cut taxes in the way you say and raise as much money simply by going after loopholes. they looked at every, single one and you just don't go there. >> they did not analyze the
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romney plan. and what other groups have shown is you can do this. look, george, economic growth is the key to this. and one of the keys to economic growth is tax reform. and when we keep taxing our families and successful small businesses at much higher tax rates than our foreign competitors tax theirs, we make our businesses less competitive. don't forget the fact, george, that eight out of ten businesses file their taxes as individuals. president obama wants their tax rate to go up 40%. other countries are lowering tax rates on their businesses. president obama is promising a higher tax rate. he uses this money for more spending. we don't think we should be taxing small businesses and families more to spend the money in washington. it hasn't worked. it won't work. and we think we have better solutions. >> let's look at medicare. democrats say you're being dishonest when you charge them with raiding medicare to pay for the health care plan. and you targeted the $716 billion in savings in the president's plan. isn't it difficult for you to make that charge, given the fact
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that the budget you wrote passed twice in the house, included those exact same savings? >> the budget we wrote is based upon current law, which is obama care. don't forget the fact we've already voted and proposed to repeal obama care, every part of obama care, including this rate of $716 billion from medicare to pay for obama care. they can't have it both ways, george. you can't spend the same dollar twice. you can't say obama is a cost-saver and that we're extending medicare. and the point is, this has been verified and established. if you're taking $716 billion from medicare, to finance obama care, that really is a raid of medicare for obama care. we think that's wrong. our plan to save medicare does not affect or change the benefits for anybody who is in or near retirement. but in order to keep that promise, you need to reform my generation because medicare's going bankrupt for my generation. d the kind of reforms we're
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proposing, have a rich history in bipartisan support. i worked for a democrat in congress to put these ideas out there. we think there's a better way to save medicare for future seniors while we can keep it intact for current seniors. and that means stop the raid the medicare program to finance obama care. >> congressman ryan, thanks very much for your time this morning. >> thanks, george. take care. now, for the opposes viewpoint, massachusetts democratic candidate, elizabeth warren is here. she will be addressing the convention tomorrow. you're one of the faces of the democratic party as a result. i want you to answer the question that so many other in the party are struggling with in the next 48 hours. are we better off than four years ago? how do you make that argument when unemployment is the same today after president obama took office? >> i remember what was happening four years ago. the markets were crashing. the financial system was threatening to seize.
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the auto industry was about to plunge over the edge. and there was a real question among most economists whether this country was headed into a full-fledged depression. we have to remember what the recklessness on wall street did. it cost trillions of dollars in home value. it cost trillions of dollars in mention values. it cost millions of people their jobs. >> you see when the economy and unemployment is the number one concern for most voters. why being unemployed, why having unemployment so high is such a concern for people. how do you make the argument they're better off? we're better off as a result? >> of course unemployment is a concern. it's a concern for any family trying to live through that. and it's a bigger concern in the economy, for any small business that says those paychecks aren't being spent here in my store because people are out of work. but the real issue now in the election is who has got the best plan going forward? mitt romney has made clear what
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his plan is. cut taxes for the richest americans and the biggest corporations, increase taxes on the middle-class and don't make any investments in the future. barack obama says that's not the right way to do it. what we're going to do is we're going to ask everyone to pay a fair share. not increase taxes on the middle-class. and make investments in the kinds of things that help us build a future. education, roads and bridges. two very different versions of how to go forward. >> finally, the other hot potato in this election year, is medicare. you heard paul ryan, not backing down on the medicare debate one bit. do you think the medicare argument by the republicans is starting to take hold with voters at all? are you worried about that? >> i don't see how it can take hold with voters because it's just not true. the basics is that right now with what the president has done, is he has strengthened medicare. and what he's really done is he's given seniors better
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protection. >> elizabeth warren, thank you so much for being here this morning. good luck with your speech tomorrow night at the democratic national convention. >> thank you. michelle obama tonight. diane and i will have full convention coverage beginning at 10:00 p.m. eastern. we're going to switch overseas to prince harry making his first public appearance since all of those wild photos were splashed all over the internet. he was in a suit at a charity event. and abc's lama hasan has the details. >> reporter: two weeks after the bare-naked scandal, the prince appeared at an event honoring children with life-threatening illnesses. he was cheerful, coy and clothed. >> never being shy to come forward, i'll give it a go. [ laughter ] >> reporter: the palace hadn't planned the function as image rehab. but it couldn't come at a better time. letting harry be harry.
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>> you're fun, dedicated, magnificent, and fun again. >> reporter: many in the audience was left wondering if he was describing the children or himself. but it's little alex logan who delivered the best line, telling itn hours earlier, what he hoped to say to the prince. >> glad you got your clothes on, prince harry. >> reporter: before logan could do that, the prince got there first, wagging his finger, explaining what happens in vegas, stays in vegas. harry is a hero to these children, much like his mother, beloved by the public, no matter the scandal. >> he genuinely loves children. and has said so himself. he is so like diana. so like diana. >> reporter: but for one night, the prince didn't seem to mind because even though the cameras came out for him, the children were the stars of the show. but if you thought that was the end of prince harry's sin city antics, think again. there's rumblings of a possible video of that wild night.
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and one woman is reportedly planning a tv tell-all. george? >> give the guy a break already. >> i'm glad you got your clothes on. glad you have them on, too, sam. >> let the poor guy go. can you believe the remnants for isaac is squeezing rain in the northeast and the mid-atlantic. one to two inches in the purple areas. look at the two to three in the red. albany, augusta. and just outside of new york city. waves of rain today and another wet day tomorrow. oklahoma city, 101. kansas city 91. chicago, if you get 90 degrees, it's the most 90-degree days of any summer.
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the u.s. open umpire accused of killing her 80-year-old husband. why her daughter is calling the charges insane. and kelly ripa. we're going to find out her new and kelly ripa. we're going to find out her new partner here on "gma." nce, we've worked hard to keep it. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help people and businesses who were affected, and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy -- and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. we've shared what we've learned with governments and across the industry so we can all produce energy more safely. i want you to know, there's another commitment bp takes just as seriously: our commitment to america. bp supports nearly two-hundred-fifty thousand jobs in communities across the country. weired three thousand people just last year. bp invests more in america than in any other country. in fact, over the last five years, no other energy company has invested more in the us than bp. we're working to fuel america for generations to come.
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good morning. police in baltimore are searching for a teenager, believed to be behind a hazmat situation that forced people out of homes in parkville. >> the teen's uncle says his
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quote, insane. >> keep the coffee mugs away. kelly ripa going to be here live, as well. going to talk to you, sam. >> yeah. >> we're going to know who the co-host is. >> but if anyone can get her to open up, we can. >> yeah. yeah. >> tell us all. >> all right. we'll wait. first, we want to talk about america's favorite breakfast sandwich. it turns 40 years old. happy birthday, favorite breakfast sandwich. the top-secret tips on how to make your own egg mcmuffin at home. >> at home? >> yeah. how to make your own. >> wow. >> that's a fun morning. >> it is. >> you and i are bringing it. >> canadian bacon, eggs and -- >> don't give it away. it's top-secret. >> come on. >> you need to stay tuned until the end of the show to find out.
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something else that's top-secret until "vanity fair" came out yesterday. supposedly the search for a wife/girlfriend for tom cruise. did they run a of ttop-secret auditioning process. we'll hear from an exscientologist. that's not linsey davis. but she has the details. >> reporter: following his public divorce from katie holmes, the famed actor has himself in the midst of an unexpected drama, that would rival some of the unexpected story lines that cruise has played out on the big screen. allegations that his beloved church tried to play matchmaker. "vanity fair's" cover story is a tail of faith, love and secrecy. special correspondent maureen orr investigates claims of what she calls a top-secret process of finding a girlfriend for tom cruise. a high-stakes matchmaking game, headed by the wife of scientology chief, david
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miscavidge. they would be asked questions of what do you think of tom cruise. mark headily a former scientologist, said he saw those auditions when he was head of a production studio. and in july, he told abc news about those same tapes. >> we assumed it would be for "mission impossible 3." and i later found it was auditions for a girlfriend for tom cruise. >> reporter: but the church of si scientology denied the allegations. "vanity fair" says the auditions were taken and used to find a match for cruise. "vanity fair" claims this is the woman the church of scientology cast to be cruise's girlfriend.
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nazanin boniadi, an iranian-born actress, who has appeared in "ironman," "general hospital," and "how i met your mother." she was told to lose her braces, her red highlights and her boyfriend. and signed a confidentiality agreement. according to "vanity fair," cause told boniadi, i never felt this way before. she moved into cruise's home and shared a bed with him until the relationship ended in 2005. according to the article, boniadi allegedly violated her confidentiality agreement. "vanity fair" says her chores included scrubbing toilets with a toothbrush and digging ditches in the middle of the night. and one former scientologist is coming forward to back the article's claims about boniadi. "crash" director paul haggis says he's known for her about
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three years. and says she was, quote, embarrassed by her unwitting involvement. i was deeply disturbed how the highest members of a church could easily justify using one of their members. but the church of scientology denies all of this. telling abc news, the entire story is hogwash. there was no product, secret or otherwise, ever conducted by the church to find a bride, audition or otherwise, for any member. scientology also says no church members were used. nor were they punished nor silenced. as for haggis, scientology says he's an apostate, who is, quote, attempting to grab headlines and falsely slander his former cruise's p.r. person says lies in a different font are still lies designed to sell magazines. boniadi and holmes are staying radio silent. when we reached out, they had no comment. >> wow. >> thanks, linsey. now, to brand-new details about a shocking murder case.
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the u.s. open umpire accused of beating her 80-year-old husband to death with a coffee mug. lois goodman has been released on boil. >> reporter: police say lois goodman is a cold-blooded killer, who brutally beat her husband to death and lied to police to cover up her crime. her daughter says, that could not be further from the truth. >> my mother would never do anything like this. she's completely innocent. >> reporter: this morning, allison rogers, surrounded by her husband and her mother's attorneys, is firing back. calling the charges against goodman, insane. >> i never saw them fight. they were a lovely, loving couple. they were happily married. this is completely ridiculous. >> reporter: but police and prosecutors say just the opposite. in court documents they paint a picture of an angry woman, who smashed alan goodman in the head
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with a mug, and left him bleeding. investigators believed her story until a coroner's investigation noticed multiple puts on alan's head and ordered an autopsy, leading to a homicide investigation. >> we did an autopsy. and it was determined he died at the hands of another. >> reporter: police arrested goodman august 14th, right before the u.s. open tennis tournament she was set to referee. when she was released from bail on sunday, she was still wearing her uniform. >> she's a small, nice, warm-hearted person. when i visited her and saw her the first time, she was just like, why? i did everything they asked. i told them what i know. why am i here? >> reporter: now, as she awaits her trial, her family says she's trying to move on. by focusing on the sport she loves. >> tennis was her life. even in our conversation today, she was discussing with me on how she was planning on working
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from home, organizing the officials, you know, for the different matches. >> she's in shock. i mean, this is insane. >> reporter: for "good morning america," john schriffen, abc news, new york. >> thank you, john. let's get the weather, now, from sam. how about the weather for the open today? >> i mean, it's wet today and even tomorrow. so, you've just kind of got to dodge it. in moments, there's big downpours of rain. not what you want to hear. >> terrible. >> let's start with a live shot out of chicago. here we go, 88 degrees over the next two days. if you get to 90. beautiful shot with the low clouds and fog there. if you get to 90, it will be the most 90-degree days you've had in any summer. it's possible. you're 88 in the forecast. we'll watch that heat get pushed south. where there's big heat, you allow the cold air to push it out of the way master. minneapolis, down to 73 degrees
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by friday. chicago, 74 by friday. kansas city, in the 70s. here's a place where the heat and the humidity is a problem without gusty winds. seattle hasn't had rain in 41 days. you think of seattle being soaking wet and gray a lot. they haven't been this >> quick look at where the storms are today. all that weather was brought to you by purina. elizabeth? george? josh? >> i'll stop. humidity on the map. coming up, stunning, new details about the last days of michael jackson. alice the cat is about to explore. the world of new friskies plus. which is friskies plus more. more of the things alice desires.
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last days of superstar, michael jackson. and the e-mails just emerged revealing that promoters of his concert were deeply concerned about jackson's mental state. abc's nick watt has the story. >> reporter: london, march 5th, 2009. and the king of pop is announcing his stunning comeback. >> this is it. this is it. >> reporter: but just hours before that press conference, randy phillips, president of aeg live, allegedly e-mailed company bosses back in l.a. m.j. is locked in his room, drunk and despondent, wrote phillips. are you kidding me, came the reply. he's an emotionally mess. riddled with self-loathing and doubt now that it's showtime. this is among 250 pages of e-mails obtained by "the los angeles times." and the michael jackson described in them is a jackson
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the public never saw. ♪ some things in life they just don't want to see ♪ >> reporter: not even in "this is it," the behind-the-scenes movie, documented by the press before his comeback. but this slurred message, a month before his death, played at conrad murray's trial, seems to support assertion jackson was not well. the underwriter of the comeback shows is now suing aeg, claiming the company lied about jackson's health to secure a $17.5 million insurance policy. jackson's heirs are also suing aeg, claiming promoters pressured him to perform. publicly, aeg claimed jackson was in great health. but in private, by mid-june, there are strong signs of paranoia, wrote the show's director. we could have a real problem here, wrote randy phillips. we could not reach aeg for
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[ cheers and applause ] a few happy birthdays in times square this morning, the post-labor day crowd. there he is right there. austin. super competitor. go for it, man. >> go, go, go. >> he set a new york record. the fastest. look at him go. >> and you have to give him some -- >> i like the head shake. >> the cameras go off. he keeps on practicing. >> much like, you know, we have a recreational cup stacker in our midst.
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elizabeth vargas informed us she stacks in her spare time. >> i have to do something to fill those empty hours. >> my day is too full. oh, wow. >> also ahead, our audience is eating egg mcmuffins. >> they are chowing. >> they really are eating them. this legendary breakfast sandwich turns 40 today. did you know it's in 118 countries? >> now, i do. >> lara consumed hers in three bites. >> i thought it was a competition. >> a competition for egg mcmuffin eating? >> yeah. >> we'll have that in a few moments. also, after i get over the guilt, kelly ripa is getting her new co-host today. and she is here talking with sam, to talk about this big decision. >> it's been almost a year,
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right? >> 59 different people. maybe 100 shows. >> including our own sam champion. >> you were the best, sam. >> aw. plus, which eye creams work the best on wrinkles? puffiness? dark circles? lara and i know the answer because we have tried just about everything. >> and i have. >> and sam and josh of course. >> all of us. >> we all use eye cream. >> it's not just the girls. let's get some news. >> high-definition technology. >> more than all of us combined, josh. >> that's terrific, elizabeth. we're going to begin with the dramatic new images. looking from the angeles national forest, southern california. that's northeast of los angeles proper. that fast-moving wildfire has now spread across more than 4,000 acres. it just topped a ridge where our
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camera is set up. you can see it there. the fire, only 5% contained at this point. thousands of visitors and campers to the area have evacuated. but dozens of people in the nearby mobile home park are refusing to leave. we'll have an update on the fire all morning long. the democrats kick off their convention in charlotte today. first lady michelle obama takes the stage tonight. serving as a character witness of sorts, for her husband. julian castro, the mayor of san antonio, hoping to appeal to young voters and hispanics. president obama visited louisiana. more than 2,800 people remain in shelters in louisiana. an estimated 100,000 homes and businesses remain without power. and in medical news, an important, new study about kids who use a steroid inhaler to treat asthma. those inhalers may be stunting your child's growth. researchers found kids who use
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steroid inhalers were half an inch shorter as adults than those who didn't use them. if you're trying to decide whether organic foods are worth the price, there's new doubts this morning. researchers at stanford found the nutritional value of organic produce is the same as conventional fruits and vegetables. the only difference, is pesticide residue, which they call insignificant. finally, a happy ending for a lost dog story. bucky the lab has been reunited with his owner after a journey of 500 miles. bucky had to be sent to virginia to live with a family was dogs were banned where his owner lives. but bucky wouldn't have it. somehow, managed to travel on his own, from virginia to south carolina. someone finally spotted him. the vet found a microchip he had implanted. and it led to that joyful
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homecoming. >> wow. >> that's why, sam, you need to adopt. >> i thought you were going to say, and that's why you need that microchip. >> in case someone finds you. >> i've been wandering around. >> he can get back to times square every day. good morning, everybody. good morning to you. it was a facebook petition that got betty white the hosting gig on "saturday night live" last year. on the heel les of clint eastwood's appearance at the republican national convention, a group wants betty to become the golden girl of the democratic convention. a petition is being circulated at and as of this morning, there were almost 6,000 signatures. and on facebook, almost 26,000 likes. their tag line, come on, betty, make our day. >> i like it. >> keep eating. don't let me interrupt you.
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duane "the rock" johnson doesn't just play an action hero on the big screen. he's one in real life, as some would-be robbers found out the hard way. the champ filming his movie "the fast and furious 6." i didn't know. when the rock spotted some burglars trying to break into vans loaded in movie equipment. in costume, as an fbi agent, waving an fbi badge, very much in character. he took the bad guys. and to quote him, they smelled what the rock was cooking. is there debate over his size? josh, not as tall as you? >> probably not, no. >> i stand corrected. we'll have that updated later on the broadcast. a member of the extended royal family was having fun in the states. it was royal sister-in-law,
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pippa, enjoying manhattan and the hamptons over the weekend. her date was hotel mogul andre belaz. did i say that correctly? he is handsome. he dated uma thurman, and chis chelsea handler. they noticed her playing ping-pong. someone tweeted this picture of a not-so-undercover pippa. >> coming to manhattan and not coming to visit us. >> she could come. yeah. >> she was at your place? >> burgers and hot dogs. >> should have been leading the show with that. >> we would have, actually. >> just kidding. this is great. i hope you enjoy this as much as we did. >> you have lipstick on your tooth. >> i have lipstick on my tooth? josh, thank you. what would i do without you? >> i don't know.
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>> and you have egg mcmuffin on yours. there's a parody of the song. they have 2 million hits in two days. and here's why. ♪ >> what? >> really? >> a singing duck. >> i came in this morning. you should have seen the excitement around this. you have to do this. i hoped you like it, everybody. "usa today" sportswriter george schroeder calls the video, indescribable. >> yeah. exactly. >> in a good way. and that's "pop news," everybody. >> okay. let's get some weather. >> we're trying to figure out the ducks, though. good morning, times square. a little bit of rain this morning. still intrepid crowd out here. where are you from? >> chicago. >> there's a sign-sharing thing,
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multiple state thing going on here. >> i'm from nashville, tennessee. this is my friend, lauren. we're best friends. >> we were college roommates. we're reuniting in new york city. >> that's a perfect place to reunite. we'll share some tips for you guys. one or two things going on we want you to know about. how about this? here's where the rain spreads during the day today. this model shows you the remn t remnants of what was isaac pushing up into the eastern seaboard. boston, you're in for a wet day. new york, washington, d.c., continues that wet spread. here's where behind that system, there will be powerful thunderstorms today. omaha, des moines, green bay,
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>> it's your birthday. where do you want to go now? >> to lara. >> we worked this out. in the commercial break, we worked this out, julie, that you were going to talk to lara. let's try it one more time. hey, julie. it's your birthday. where do you want to go? >> to lara. >> happy birthday, by the way. here's what's coming up on our "gma morning menu." we have brand-new details about the escalating war of words between heidi klum and seal. and which i cream works the best? and kelly ripa, revealing who is taking regis' chair. and she's on "gma" first. all coming up, from times square.
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dad, i'll be right back! (announcer) it's more than just that great peanut taste, choosing jif is a simple way to show someone how much you care. you made that for me? well you're making this for me. (announcer) choosey moms, and dads, choose jif. back, now, with that divorce battle between heidi klum and seal. it is making headlines again, after some angry accusations
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from seal. abc's diana perez has the details. >> reporter: the victoria's secret supermodel and the hunky, soulful singer. until their shocking divorce announcement in january, heidi klum and seal appear to be a match made in heaven, raising four children together. even when talking to ellen degeneres about the couple's split, seal was friendly. >> she is still, in my opinion, the most wonderful woman in the world. >> reporter: but the man who sang this -- ♪ we're never going to survive unless we get a little crazy ♪ >> reporter: seemed to do just that. and reversing months of public civility, seal launched a war of words with this bombshell to tmz on friday, accusing klum of cheating with her bodyguard. >> i would prefer heidi wait until we separated first before to fornicate with the help, as it were. >> reporter: klum responded with
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an exclusive statement to saying, i cherish all of the great memories seal and i created together over the years. she added, our separation was based on issues between the two of us. >> they're trying to protect their kids. and she's moving on with their life. >> reporter: on monday, seal clarified, that their divorce is not final. before the shocking comments, seal said he didn't find that the mother of his children may be dating again. >> my main priority is the emotional well-being of our children. and to be honest, if there's somebody else, i'd rather it was a familiar face. >> reporter: klum, too, turned the focus back to the couple's children. my priority has and continues to be protecting and providing for our children. for "good morning america," diana perez, abc news, new york. now, to the battle to turn back the clock. women spent more than $2 billion on anti-aging face creams last year. and doctors say the first signs
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of aging pop up around the eyes. so, which ones work best? elisabeth leamy is on the case. i've been peppering you with questions. because i'm part of the women and men who spend a fortune on eye cream. >> reporter: more than one-third of american women use some kind of anti-aging portion. the oldest third or the middle third. that's more than any other country. and the stores are filled with more eye creams than ever before. but how do you choose? ♪ the number of choices is crazy. eye wrinkle cream. resurfacing cream. dark circle cream. how do you make sense of it all? do you believe all this? we counted the number of eye creams in just one drugstore. eight, nine. and it took a while. 37 eye creams. then, there's the department
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store brands. you can go cross-eyed trying to choose. so, we assembled the "gma" eye cream dream team. ten dermatologists from around the country that name the best products for the worst problems. number one, wrinkles or crow's feet. number two, dark circles. and three, puffiness. nearly every dermatologist told us before you even go to the store, take a good look in the mirror and figure out what your problem spots are. then, look for eye creams that target those needs. for wrinkles, there's only one word you need to know, retinol. >> if there's one ingredient i would have to have on a desert island, it would be retinol. it's the single-most important ingredient for the skin. >> reporter: retinol decreases fine lines. for dark circles, it's not so
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easy because so many things can cause them. our dream team says look for creams that contain a concealer, tint or brightener. as for puffiness, one ingredient rose to the top in our questionnaire. caffeine. >> you think of caffeine that you get all revved up. but it's smoothing to the eye area. >> reporter: our friends at "allure" magazine have taken a look. and say it's not just what you put on your skin, but how. >> dot it under the eye, over to the lid. >> reporter: now, the information you've been waiting to see with your very own eyes. the most recommended products. our dream team named skin medica more than any other eye cream. available in dermatologists offices for about $95. >> skin medica goes above and beyond for many of the problems that people complain about. >> reporter: you don't have to spend that much. our dermatologists named oil of
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lay regenerist more than any other drugstore eye cream by par. and it costs about $22. >> a lot of the data is published in medical journals, which is what i look for as a dermatologist. >> reporter: and that is downright eye-opening. okay. full disclosure. dr. day carries skin medica. she is also on an ole scientific committee. but she has no financial ties to the company. and there was clear consensus among our dermatologists. >> aside from buying the products, there's some lifestyle things you can do to help yourself out? >> absolutely. drink enough water. get enough sleep. >> this is a hard one. >> wear that sunscreen. sunglasses so you don't squint. >> keep those on so you're not squinting. >> and you heard about
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celebrities putting preparation h on their faces. our dermatologists did say it does work. but you have to go over the fact that you're putting hemorrhoid cream on your face for puffy eyes. >> thank you elisabeth. lara over at the egg mcmuffin stand. >> thank you, elizabeth. we were discussing our favorite breakfast sandwich. it's mcdonald's egg mcmuffin. and it turns 40. we're going to show you how to make your own version at home in a minute. first, here's how it became so very delicious and popular. >> mcdonald's is opened for breakfast. >> reporter: it's been 40 years since mcdonald's first opened its doors to early risers. >> the dawn of a great breakfast. breakfast at mcdonald's. >> reporter: and since then, the golden arches have become the king of breakfast sandwiches, the egg mcmuffin. >> eggs, grilled in butter,
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covered with cheese and canadian bacon on an english muffin that's toasted, people. >> reporter: today, americans eat millions of these each year. >> i love you. >> and i think you're the egg mcmuffin of boyfriends. >> reporter: what is the secret to this signature sandwich? you're about to find out. joining me now, mcdonald's executive jeff and director for culinary innovation, who will show us how to make the home version of the egg mcmuffin. let's start with the circular egg. >> how does that egg get round? >> how does it happen? >> i'll show you. it's this ring mold. this is how it started when we came up with it 40 years ago. it's cooked in a ring. you want to try it? >> yeah. >> let's do it. >> a little pam. >> a little oil down here. the pan's a little hot.
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we're going to crack an egg. i like to crack an egg inside a bowl first, if i have any shells, i can pull them out. >> yep. >> and we put the egg in. we want to break the yolk a little bit. >> why do you want to break the yolk? >> that will help it cook a little faster. and add a little bit of steam. the steam will help cook it. >> i love that. >> this will take about three minutes to cook. then, we'll do the ham. >> okay. is the ham canadian bacon? >> it's canadian bacon. we're not in a mcdonald's restaurant. we're going to do a little ham here. you can take it and cut it out with a knife. or put down a cutter. is that what it takes to impress them? >> they're very easy. easily -- >> we'll come to mcdonald's and
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make it for you quick. we'll warm that up a little bit. let's get one of our english muffins. >> right there. >> that was great. >> that was already toasted. you put the cheese down first. >> cheese down first. >> and then, with the ham that's warming up. you get that. >> oh. the ham. >> it's sort of a half-fried, half-poached egg. >> exactly. a little steaming cooks it fast. and we put the ham on top. >> and the butter? >> you caught me. >> just a little dab will do you. >> i'm going to go back to the office. >> you were making the healthy version. you want to give it a shot? >> we're going to do it. it is. we're going to do a contest here, right? >> okay. we're just going to assemble. >> you're going to assemble. don't forget the butter. don't forget the butter. >> we're going to do 45 seconds
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on the clock. assemble perfect sandwiches to give out. >> we have to butter, right? >> we have to butter. >> one, two, three, go. [ cheers and applause ] >> right in -- to the right of you. and there. wait. josh is moving ahead, lara. use -- it's already cut. she continues to cut her own ham. she's going to blaze her own trial, lara spencer. josh, don't handle the cheese. now, you've let lara catch up. four, three, two, one. all right. i'm going to say, josh has three perfect sandwiches. lara has two.
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thank you for joining us. soldier killed in the line of duty, remembered as a hero. feeks died in afghanistan last month. he is laid to rest arlington national cemetery tomorrow. local kids in need. foundation will be giving out 200 bags, filled with school supplies. they are being given to student at the empowerment academy today. time for a check on the weather. over to lynette charles. good morning, let's check out what is going on on maryland's most powerful radar. things are dry. a dry period, we will see showers popping up as we go in
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to the afternoon and thunderstorms. ellicott city, still have a little bit of fog out there. clouds hovering, maybe a few peeks of shall be, make sure you grab the rain gear for today. the temperature in ellicott city, 74 degrees. this is what it looks like how by hour, by lunchtime, 83 degrees, 86 for a high today. now a check of the traffic with mike masco. good morning, everybody. a mess on 695, 795, down to 70, we have very slow speeds, a crash, just north of baltimore, along the jfx. two lanes knocked out northbound and taking you to one other location and this is a crash as you head closer to the city limit. falls road, west 37th street. live 695, harford, approaching bel air. september 10th, katie couric's show is coming to abc
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] crowded out here in times square. and loving melissa etheridge this morning. here to perform the first single from her brand-new album. very excited. melissa etheridge, right? good morning, america. robin with her family today. great to elizabeth vargas for
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us. >> great to be here. melissa etheridge and i went to high school together. >> another elizabeth vargas fun fact today. and tv star, josh radner, is burning up the big screen in a movie he wrote, directed and starred in. he'll tell us about it. >> i'm so happy he's here. good. we test the devotion to family today. it's a story about a remarkable mother/daughter story. the mother is over 60. she gave birth to her own grandson. we've been following them for a year now. they join us live, with their story of family love. >> she looks great. >> can't wait to meet them. a terrific "good afternoon america" is on-tap. we're going to give a fashion fast-forward. and montel williams, one of our friends, is joining us. >> it's going to be great.
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"good afternoon america." 2:00 p.m. eastern. all prologues, sam, to the big announcement. >> this is really big. this is probably the biggest thing in daytime television. our friend, kelly ripa, she's number one in our hearts. kelly, are you with us? >> good morning, sam. good morning, guys. >> you look fantastic. you've got -- you have a bevy of choices in front of you. kelly, come on. seriously, now. this has been a long, long test run here. and i know there's some big criteria. tell me what it takes to sit in that chair. really, what's the deciding points here? >> i think the deciding factor is whoever paid gelman off is really who wins. whoever showered him with cases of wine. he likes red wine. whoever volunteered to clean his garden and his pool. and fan him with the man fans.
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>> i knew you were going to dodge this all morning long. let me throw some things out here. is it a man, chosen, by the way? is it, indeed, a man? the co-host? >> i'm willing to bet that it's a man. i think it's a man. >> is this man beloved by women in the audience? >> oh, my gosh. we only chose somebody that is beloved by women, men, children, gelman. >> all right. is it -- would this man then be a singer? would he be a singer with a perfect voice? >> i don't know. sam, do you sing? why are you pretending? >> is it a football player? come on, kelly. give me something. give me a wink. give me something here. >> i don't know. i never asked if the person can play football. >> you never asked if the person could play football.
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>> i never asked. i've never played catch with him before. >> come here, lara. come here, josh. i'm pulling in the big guns here. these are the big news guns. get in there a question. >> josh and lara are going to get me talking? >> yes. is this person taller than you, kelly? >> interestingly enough, this person is not taller than me when we sit down. >> oh. you practiced this morning. i can't believe -- >> that was my question. >> you're giving me way too much credit. i don't practice anything, as you know. >> let's get to the serious point here. you had to play the waiting game for a while before you got to sit in the big chair. this is hard for them. i mean, because right now, everybody will know. but they've had to sit quiet on it for a little while. how hard is that?
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>> i liken it to being on "the bachelor," when the couple gets together. and they're squired off away from each other. and they're never allowed to see each other or talk to each other, for fear it will be revealed. it's sort of like that. but much less dramatic. and we're actually going to laugh, unlike the "bachelor" couples. >> kelly, i've known you for a long time. this really did change your life. it changed you, your life, mark's life, the family's life, everything. what advice will you give to the new co-host today? >> you know, i would just say, and they already know this, to be themselves every day. that's why they're here to begin with. that's why we fell in love. that's why america fell in love. and there's really nothing else you can do on live tv but be yourself because if you're not the audience susses it out
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immediately. you go to work each day. and here, with what we do. we focus on the lighter side of things. we're a very irreverent show. and we like to have a good time. so, that's all my new co-host. >> kelly, you're the best at it, my darling. you are. it will be a hit, whoever sits in that chair with you. you make it for me. kelly, by the way, this all happens today. don't miss "live," this morning. different times in different markets. but don't miss "live." >> congratulations, kelly. >> george? >> i thought you were going to get it out of her. but here is josh radnor, starring in a new film, "liberal art," who goes back to his old college and falls into a complicated love. take a look. >> i feel weird about being here. >> why? don't. >> i don't know if you know this.
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but i'm a few years older than you. >> you are? >> just a few. i'm not necessarily saying -- i don't want to get ahead of myself here. >> oh, wait. sorry. you -- did you think this was, like, a romantic thing? you're kidding. >> oh, my god. >> come here. >> and josh radnor joins us now. they say write what you know. this is inspired to a trip back to your college, kenyon. >> i went to kenyon, my alma mater. and i was 35 at the time. and suddenly, i realized i was nearly twice as old as the students there. >> it's hard. >> it was a little confusing for me. i had not planned on aging. but it happened anyway. and i started thinking about aging and nostalgia and how much my college years meant to me. i started to think about this guy. >> your character is one of those guys that just -- you
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can't say necessarily peaked in college. but loved it. and hasn't yet found his way in the grown-up world. >> he loved it in an outsized way and just misses the kind of exchange of ideas and the meal plan, you know, the socialization of college. yeah. he's just a little lost. and he's kind of burying his head in the books and not really engaging in life. >> but then, he meets this wonder of a girl. and elizabeth olsen is amazing. >> they are drawn to each other. and sent him into a tail spin. >> i have to ask you, what do you have against twilight? >> i don't have anything about twilight. the character of jesse has something against twilight. there is an exchange of whether we should be reading things that are good for us or read things that we enjoy. just for enjoyment sake. and i had fun writing this argument. she wins the argument, defending "twilight."
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i thought jesse was the type of character that would judge people on what they read. >> see "liberal arts." it's a lovely film. >> thank you. >> it opens on september 14th. and time for the weather and sam. >> the audience is buzzing about who will be kelly's co-host. folks, show us your pick. let's see if we can choose by the number of faces, who's the most -- i don't know. i can't tell. it's really mixed up. there's a lot of josh. there's a lot of josh groban in this. and there's a lot of strahan here. all right. let's get to the boards. we'll show you what's going on this morning. we start with our twitter pictures. we give you a nice looking shot from waubay, north dakota. we'll start with the southeastern rain, by the way. all the way through this impulse of low pressure. tallahassee gets more rain.
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jacksonville does, as well. that goes with the rain that's up the eastern seaboard toda >> all of that weather was brought to you by selma intimates. we have an amazing story of family. do you l i'll get a build your own burger with something cheesy...
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you may hear a baby crying. and that is just fine because of this next story. it's an extraordinary family and a gift that can truly be called a labor of love. you're looking at exclusive home video of the young life of finn. the book, "bringing in finn," tells the story of how christine casey gave birth to her own grandson because of her daughter's struggles with infertility. i know that. we talked about it all morning long. we welcome you. i'm so blessed to meeting finn. i want to talk to you to get the back story for our viewers. you struggled greatly with infertility.
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>> i did. my husband and i always wanted children. i came off the birth control pill and i wasn't having a cycle. we tried holistic treatments. and went to a specialist who said, you're not ovulating. >> and miscarriages? >> we went on to fertility treatments. ivf. i lost babies. and we got pregnant one more time and has a miscarriage. >> so sorry. >> we never could have fathomed. >> and, chris, you were ten years past menopause, right? i love the description. it's like baby sitting for nine months opinion how did it feel for you to go through that journey again, but this time with a grandchild? >> it was so amazing to feel that little heartbeat and little movements inside of me. and to feel the confidence that, for some reason, i felt confident that i could do this. and we could have this wonderful
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grandson. >> there could have been complications. were you concerned about that? did you have any issues? >> sure. the doctors were very clear that the percentages did increase with my age being a factor. but still, the odds were pretty overwhelming, that we would be successful. the em to come from inside me. and so, i just felt like it was a journey we needed to take. and if we were so lucky and blessed, this we were, it would end with a grandchild. >> and so, you did. a year and a half old. healthy, happy, gorgeous finn. i have to ask you, sara. how did it feel to see your mom growing with your baby? >> it was so surreal. i felt very connected in the pregnancy. we were able to live together for a lot of the time. i felt so connected with finn and with my mom. and it's a completely surreal, fantastical situation.
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and so, it felt amazing. my gratitude just really can't even be described. >> i'll bet. have you got up how you'll explain this to finn? >> this is something we want to celebrate in our family. it feels like a miracle. when he's old enough to understand those things, we want to find a way to share what the experience is like. and also that it's just how he got here. >> well, god bless. we're so happy to see him. so happy to see you looking fantastic. and the name of the book is "bringing in finn." finn is here, by the way. you heard him before. check out a little more on the amazing journey. go to on yahoo! to hear more about "bringing in finn." coming up, the celebration of song.
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it has been almost 25 years since melissa etheridge released her first album, which i listened to about 25,000 times. now, with two gram his and an oscar under her belt, melissa has a "4th street feeling," the name of her new album coming out today. in a moment, she'll perform the single from that album. i love the name of that album. you and i find that place special. 4th street. >> i just learned that we went to the same high school. >> all the kids would cruise it. >> that's what it is. >> it's great you named your album after it. >> the album is a reminiscence about that. we're older now and have lives. >> a little bit. >> and responsibilities. sometimes it's about thinking oh, what if i just ran away? could i just -- back to where everything i had, i could put in my car, you know? >> all right.
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i'm going to go in the audience and reminisce about leavenworth, kansas. and you're going to sing "falling up," the first single from the album. melissa etheridge. [ applause ] ♪ i send a picture to my very best friend ♪ ♪ and in the picture was me and my car ♪ ♪ had another dead end ♪ if you wanna come and find me i can leave you a sign ♪ ♪ my heart's a little heavy but the rest of me is ♪ ♪ well, fine oh, fine ♪
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this morning believed to be behind a hazmat situation that forced people from homes. the teen's uncle says his friends were mixing chemicals in the basement. the search continues this morning for a philadelphia man tossed off of a sail boat near gibson island. they were thrown from a boat during a storm. wyman has yet to be found. time for a check of the forecast. good morning, everyone. let's talk about on maryland's most powerful radar. if you have outdoor activities to do, do it. now in, inner harbor, good time to be down there, it is soupy. a few breaks in the clouds. throughout the day, we will see the clouds thicken up more. 78 in baltimore, this is what it looks like through your day. temperature by 3:00, around 86 degrees, thunderstorm in the
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forecast. let's get a check of the traffic with mike masco. good morning. it's a mess on 695, live from parkville, down towards catonsville. be aware, on the outer loop towards the south in to the city limits. accidents, stalls, jfx an accident on going, this is blocking two lanes on the jfx south near 25. also falls road a closure due to debris from overnight storms. west 37th, falls road, an accident. katie couric's new show airs september 10th at 4:00. time for the doctors. we stat our news at 4:30 in the morning, hope you join us tomorrow. okay, what'ya havin?
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ABC News Good Morning America
ABC September 4, 2012 7:00am-9:00am EDT

News/Business. George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Josh Elliott. (2012) New. (CC)

TOPIC FREQUENCY Us 21, America 17, Abc 10, Sam 8, Scientology 8, Maryland 6, Jackson 6, Obama 6, Lara 6, New York 6, Elizabeth Vargas 5, Melissa Etheridge 5, Aeg 5, Cymbalta 4, Josh 4, Masco 4, Isaac 4, Alice 4, Baltimore 4, Los Angeles 4
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